Frequently Asked Drug and Medical Device Case Questions

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  • Who is most at risk for developing ovarian cancer from talcum powder use?

    For many years, women were told that using talcum powder was a safe and effective way to control moisture and provide a fresh-smelling scent. In fact, many feminine products use a talc-based powder. Now, however, overwhelming evidence suggests that Blue Talcum Powder Bottle Spilling Powder onto an Open Handusing the powder can actually cause cancer.

    In fact, in March of 2016, a St. Louis jury ordered the Johnson and Johnson company to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman, who the family claims died from ovarian cancer caused by the company’s talcum powder and its talcum powder-containing products. The company claims its products are safe, but the verdict and other evidence suggests the opposite.

    What Is Talcum Powder?

    Johnson and Johnson isn’t the only company to use talcum powder in its products; a variety of other companies use the substance to help control moisture, cut down on friction, and help with odor control. Made from the mineral talc, which contains silicon, magnesium, and oxygen—talcum powder is used in a wide variety of products from baby powder to cosmetics. Some talcum powders even contain asbestos, which is known to cause cancer around the lungs when inhaled.

    When Using Talcum Powder Becomes Dangerous

    The danger with using talcum powder seems to occur when the product is applied around the genital area, which is where many products that contain the substance are marketed towards. Parents often use baby powder that contains talc in their children’s diaper areas, and many women also use the product in that region, as well. Paul Pharoah, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at Cambridge, stated that it was “biologically possible” that grains of talcum can enter a female’s fallopian tubes and cause inflammation in the ovaries—that could lead to cancer. Additionally, a study conducted by researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found that applying the substance genitals, underwear, and sanitary napkins increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33 percent.

    Why You Could Have Ovarian Cancer and Not Know it

    Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is typically not detected until it is in its late stages. Because early detection is not available at this time—pap smears do not test for the presence of this type of cancer—some women aren’t aware they have the cancer until it has spread to other parts of their bodies. In fact, only about 19 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed before the cancer has spread outside of the ovaries. Knowing the signs of ovarian cancer is extremely important, particularly if you have used talcum powder in the past.

    Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

    The ovaries are tiny organs that are located deep inside the abdomen. Because of their placement, when a problem occurs, the symptoms are often confused with intestinal trouble or issues that are far less dangerous than ovarian cancer. Common symptoms of this dangerous disease include:

    • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
    • Bloating
    • Pelvic or abdominal pain
    • Urinary urgency or frequency

    Symptoms that are also associated with ovarian cancer, but also associated with other conditions include:

    • Back pain
    • Menstruation changes
    • Upset stomach
    • Constipation
    • Pain during sex
    • Ongoing unusual fatigue
    • Unexplained weight loss or gain
    • Unexplained changes in bowel habits

    As you can see, ovarian cancer symptoms could be confused with a myriad of other conditions, including irritable bowel disease, menopause, endometriosis, and other far less dangerous issues.

    Do You Believe Talcum Powder Caused Your Ovarian Cancer?

    If you believe you have any of the signs or symptoms of ovarian cancer, visiting a doctor as soon as possible is imperative. If the doctor believes you do have cancer, now is the time to take action. Companies have a responsibility and obligation to provide safe products. When products are actually harmful, instead of helpful, you can fight back. The attorneys at Kennedy Hodges, LLP, want to help. Schedule your free consultation by calling 855-947-0707 to speak with a compassionate legal professional about your situation. You can also fill out our short contact form and a legal professional will contact you as soon as possible.

     

  • I suffered severe adverse side effects after taking Zoloft, do I have a legal claim?

    For people suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or personality disorders, Zoloft is sometimes prescribed in an attempt to treat these often debilitating conditions. Zoloft is a form of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which are widely used throughout the United States by prescribing physicians and their patients. There are approximately 12 different SSRIs currently approved for use, with Zoloft being one of them. These SSRIs were designed to have fewer side effects than older drugs used to treat depression. Many of the SSRIs are also reportedly more effective than the older drugs used to treat the same conditions. Unfortunately, the use of Zoloft has since been linked to harmful, adverse side effects. People who took Zoloft and later suffered harm as a result may be entitled to legal action against the maker of the drug.

    How Zoloft Is Used to Treat Depression

    For people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other conditions, Zoloft is a popular choice among physicians for treating the condition. Zoloft is an SSRI and medications that fall under this category are known as reuptake inhibitors. Reuptake is the Image of a White Brain With a Bubble Pack of Pillsprocess in which neurotransmitters are naturally reabsorbed back into nerve cells in the brain. This occurs after the neurotransmitters are released in order to do their job of sending messages between nerve cells. The reuptake inhibitor works by preventing the reabsorption process from happening. Instead, the neurotransmitters temporarily stay in the gap between the nerves, known as the synapse. The hope is that by keeping the levels of neurotransmitters higher, communication between the nerve cells will be improved, thereby strengthening the circuits in the brain that regulate moods. Zoloft, like all SSRIs, specifically targets serotonin reuptake inhibitors. SSRIs therefore aim to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a brain chemical that is known to play an important role in regulating mood. Unfortunately, we now know that Zoloft can cause more harm than good for some users.

    Common Side Effects Associated With Zoloft Use

    Most patients who are prescribed a medication to treat a condition understand that there may be some mild side effects associated with the use of the drug. Unfortunately, some drugs later prove to be dangerous to patients—Zoloft falls into this category. The following is an overview of the side effects that have been linked to the use of the prescription drug Zoloft:

    • Stomach cramping
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • Increased sweating
    • Tremors
    • Drowsiness
    • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
    • Heart problems
    • Repressed libido
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Headaches
    • Pupil dilation
    • Weight loss
    • Apathy
    • Birth defects

    While many of the potential side effects associated with the use of this medication are frightening, birth defects are among the worst. There are many different types of birth defects that have been linked to use of Zoloft when taken by a pregnant woman. These potential birth defects include the following:

    • Atrial septal defects
    • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of a newborn
    • Skull defects
    • Transposition of the great arteries
    • Spina bifida
    • Ventricular septal defects
    • Abdominal defects
    • Club feet
    • Tetralogy of Fallot (FOT) with pulmonary atresia
    • Congenital heart defects

    As a result of the dangerous risks associated with the use of Zoloft, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires the medication to carry a black box warning about the danger of suicide during the initial stages of treatment. In addition, the drug has been classified as a category “C” drug for use during pregnancy, meaning that animal studies have shown harm to the fetus when taking Zoloft during pregnancy. No trials have been performed on human subjects.

    As a result of the devastating injuries suffered as a result of Zoloft use, many patients are now pursing legal action against the drug’s maker, Pfizer. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits argue that Pfizer did not provide adequate warning about the risks associated with the drug’s use. If you took Zoloft and suffered injury, either to yourself or to your baby, it is important to take action quickly in order to protect your legal rights. We are here to help. We encourage you to check out our many case results to learn more.

     

  • Are warnings about Benicar use side effects sufficient to protect the maker from suit?

    Simply because a drug company reveals that there is a potential for negative side effects following the use of certain medication does not excuse the drug company from potential liability. Some patients, for example, may have used the drug before the warnings were made prominent or public and are only now experiencing the adverse side effects. This issue is highlighted in the recent lawsuits involving the use of the medication Benicar. While the warning labels for this drug were updated in 2013, many patients are still pursuing lawsuits against the drug’s maker.

    5 Facts About Benicar Use and Warnings of Adverse Side Effects

    What are the issues relating to warnings and side effects associated with Benicar use? The following is an overview:

    • Information about the potentially harmful side effects associated with Benicar use, including the risk of sprue-like enteropathy, was not added to the warning label until late in 2013.
    • This revised warning label indicated that Benicar use may cause chronic diarrhea and weight loss.
    • In addition, the revised warning label did not state until late 2013 that the risk of chronic diarrhea and weight loss may not appear until months or years after first using the drug.
    • The updated warning label did not exist until more than 10 years after the drug was first approved for use.
    • Further, the updated warning label did not exist until nearly a year after an independent report highlighted the number of Benicar users suffering from Celiac-like symptoms. This report was published in the May edition of Clinic Proceedings and showed that the symptoms stopped after medication use was discontinued.

    Patients injured by Benicar use often claim that the drug’s maker did not do enough to warn them of the potential side effects. If you suffered such an injury, we can help you pursue a claim for compensation. We encourage you to check out our many client testimonials to learn more.

     

  • What are some of the side effects linked to Benicar use?

    When patients suffer from high blood pressure, many physicians prescribed the drug Benicar since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. In fact, it is one of the most commonly used blood pressure medications in the United States. The drug works by blocking an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB). By blocking the effects of ARB, the blood vessels can expand, reducing blood pressure. Unfortunately, use of this medication has also been linked to potentially serious and adverse side effects.

    11 Side Effects That May Be Caused by Using Benicar

    What are some of the adverse side effects that patients taking Benicar might experience? The following is an overview:

    1. Chronic diarrhea
    2. Nausea
    3. Vomiting
    4. Severe weight loss
    5. Malnutrition
    6. Dizziness
    7. Difficulty breathing
    8. Difficulty swallowing
    9. Persistent coughing
    10. Increased risk of cancer
    11. Increased risk of death from heart problems for patients who suffer from diabetes in addition to their high blood pressure

    Patients experiencing any of these symptoms after taking Benicar should seek immediate medical attention. Some of these adverse side effects could have potentially severe long-term effects. Fortunately, patients may also have a claim for compensation against the drug’s manufacturer, health care providers, or other parties. Strict time limitations apply to the ability to pursue such a claim. It is therefore crucial for Benicar patients to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after suffering from adverse side effects. We can help provide the guidance that you are looking for, just as we have helped many other clients successfully pursue claims following injuries caused by dangerous medications. We encourage you to check out our many client testimonials to learn more.

     

  • How are the claims being made against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson related to Xarelto use?

    When Xarelto was first approved for use in 2011, it was touted as a better alternative to the popular drug Coumadin. Doctors began to widely prescribe the drug as a result. Unfortunately, many patients have since suffered serious injury and even death due to their use of Xarelto. Even after becoming aware of these injuries and deaths, the drug’s creators, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, reportedly continued to market the drug and failed to take steps to reduce these risks. Millions of Americans were exposed to the risk of serious injury as a result.

    Seven Failures of Xarelto Manufacturers That Have Led to Injury

    Patients injured due to Xarelto use are now pursuing legal action against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. The companies stand accused of much wrongdoing, including the following:

    1. Failed to provide adequate warnings about the risks associated with the use of Xarelto.
    2. Failed to update its warnings when the severity of these risks became known.
    3. Failed to issue a “Dear Doctor” letter to physicians regarding the risks of Xarelto use after a large number of users suffered severe and life-threatening injuries.
    4. Failed to recall the drug after the use of Xarelto resulted in injury and death in a large number of patients.
    5. Withheld information about the lack of an effective antidote for the bleeding issues associated with Xarelto use.
    6. Sold a drug that is unreasonably dangerous and defective.
    7. Aggressively marketed and encouraged doctors to use Xarelto, despite it being more dangerous and expensive than other alternatives.

    If you or a loved one suffered injury as a result of using Xarelto, you may have a claim for compensation against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the process of protecting your legal rights. We encourage you to contact us today for a complimentary consultation at 888-894-0119.

     

  • Could my hair loss medication be causing sexual side effects? What else could it be causing?

    You’re rarely seen without your trusty newsboy cap. Every photo on Facebook, all your Twitter posts, and every outing you go on, you can be sure to have your head covered. You tell your friends that it’s obviously because you make newsboy caps look good, but the real reason is somewhat embarrassing.

    You’ve been losing your hair ever since your junior year in high school—and you hate it. When you look in the mirror, all you see is your bald head staring back at you. Thank goodness you look so dapper in hats, because they’re the only thing that has kept you from falling into a deep depression over it.

    Last month, your brother-in-law suggested a hair loss medication called Propecia. He informed you that his cousin had tried it and it worked wonders for him. You immediately asked your doctor for a prescription, and since then you have seen drastic results. You have new growth under your cap, and you’re feeling much more confident with your appearance. However, since you began taking it, you’ve had some “issues” in the bedroom. Is it just a coincidence, or could the Propecia be causing your problems? If so, what other side effects could it be causing?

    Side Effects of Propecia—Sexual and Worse

    Propecia was originally marketed for the treatment of enlarged prostates, but was also found to increase hair production and growth. As a result, it was then marketed for male pattern baldness as well. The drug is classified as a 5a-reductase inhibitor, which converts testosterone from the testes, prostate, adrenal glands, and hair follicles into the more potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT allows hair follicles to increase production faster than normal testosterone, as well as decrease swelling in the prostate at a greater rate. Unfortunately, too much DHT can have adverse effects on sexual function and can increase the risks for cancer.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety announcement warning in 2011, suggesting that Propecia and other 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors may increase your risk for the most deadly form of prostate cancer, known as high-grade cancer. High-grade prostate cancer is extremely aggressive, grows rapidly, and often spreads quickly to other areas of your body such as your lymph nodes and bones. These types of cancer cells are large, difficult to treat, and reoccur more often than low and intermediate-grade prostate cancers.

    In addition to prostate cancer risks, excessive DHT can cause:

    • Allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, and swelling
    • Breast enlargement
    • Depression
    • Testicular pain
    • Decreased libido disorders
    • Orgasm disorders
    • Ejaculation disorders
    • Poor semen production or poor quality semen
    • Infertility
    • Male breast cancer

    Protecting Yourself, Your Head, and Your Libido

    Before starting Propecia or any other drug that increases your DHT levels, make sure you discuss side effects at length with your physician. It is up to you whether or not you believe the benefits outweigh your personal risks, but make sure you have all the information before making your decision. In some cases warning labels, dosages, and adequate information isn’t always included with the medication, so make sure you research and review the proper use with your doctor.

    If you begin to experience side effects, contact your doctor immediately. Sexual side effects can be difficult to talk about, but they may be the warning signs of something far worse, so don’t hesitate to get the advice and care you need. 

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  • How can I tell if I’m having a reaction to my blood thinner?

    There are two main types of blood thinners: Anticoagulants, which work with chemical reactions in your body to slow down clot formations, and anti-platelet drugs, which prevent blood cells from clumping together to form a clot. The Mayo Clinic suggests that most heart attacks and strokes are caused by unusual clotting within the arteries. This clotting prevents necessary blood flow to the brain, while making the heart pump faster and harder until it gives out.

    Anticoagulants are the medicines most commonly used to break up and prevent such clotting during strokes and heart attacks. Thrombolytic medicines, also called "clot busters," are also used to dissolve blood clots that are blocking the coronary arteries.

    Unfortunately, although these medicines are common and extremely good at preventing stroke and heart attack fatalities, if not handled correctly or properly monitored—they can cause serious bleeding issues.

    Blood Clotting Effects

    One of the many functions of your platelets and plasma, is to reduce excess bleeding by forming clots over injured tissues and blood vessels. Proteins within your plasma mix with your blood’s platelets and then solidify in order to keep your blood contained, instead of escaping through an injured area. However, blood thinners and anticoagulants are designed to halt this process in order to keep your arteries clear of clots.

    Unfortunately, these medications can’t pick and choose which blood flow to control, or contain their effects solely to the blood within your arteries. This ultimately poses severely dangerous effects upon your entire bloodstream. If you’re wounded, sustain internal injuries, or if unknown bleeding occurs, you could be in serious trouble. Instead of your body reacting to stop the bleed, it will allow the flow to continue, possibly leading to excessive blood loss.

    Alarming Symptoms When Taking Blood Thinners

    When taking blood thinners or anticoagulants, make sure you stay alert and keep a watchful eye out for these symptoms of internal bleeding problems:

    • Black or tarry-appearing stools. Dark stools can be an indication that blood is present. This could mean that your intestines or stomach are pooling with blood.
    • Orange, pink, or smoke-colored urine. Discolored urine could be a sign of bleeding in the kidneys or bladder.
    • Abnormal and sometimes profuse bleeding. Since blood thinners are meant to prevent clotting, they also affect how the blood clots outside the body. This could result in even small cuts bleeding for long periods of time—putting you at risk of losing too much blood.
    • Excessive bruising. Since bruises are basically broken blood vessels underneath the skin, excessive bruising can be an indication that your blood thinners are causing your blood vessels to leak and swell.
    • Blood shot eyes. Your eyes have hundreds of tiny blood vessels that can become swollen or irritated by thinned blood. These vessels can also pop with increased blood pressure and be an indication of swelling or bleeding in the brain.
    • Stomach pain. Bleeding within your stomach lining due to ulcers, polyps, or irritations can cause extreme nausea and cramping.
    • Muscle aches. When your muscles don’t receive enough oxygen from fast moving and sometimes decreased blood flow, the tissues start to break down causing aches and pains.
    • Intense headaches. Swelling, bruising, and bleeding in the brain can cause intense pressure headaches.
    • Dizziness. The decreased amount of oxygen as a result of blood pooling in other areas of the body, can cause hypoxic effects on your brain and muscles, making you feel dizzy and weak.

    Getting Help

    If you experience any of the above symptoms after starting a new blood thinning medication, seek medical attention immediately. Your body needs your blood in the right places at the right times in order to function properly. You have the right to make sure you’re in good health, especially if you’re at risk for a heart attack or stroke. You also have the right to know your risks before taking new medication, and to fight back when your prescribed medication causes you harm.

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  • Are anxiety drugs worse than depression drugs when it comes to side effects?

    Your life is a vicious cycle of emotions. One day you’re as giddy as a school boy, the next you’re a bundle of nerves. When you have to give a presentation at work or a toast at a party—it takes everything you have to get out of bed because you’re scared to death. Growing up you just thought that you were unusually shy, but now that you’re an adult, you know that you have severe anxiety issues. Whenever you get stressed out, you uncontrollably hyperventilate, sweat, shake, and become extremely introverted. This is obviously not an ideal way to behave in front of family, let alone clients and strangers. You decided to do something about it and see your doctor.

    During your visit, your physician concluded that you not only suffered from anxiety, but most likely depression as well. Although you told him you didn’t feel all that depressed, just anxious, he prescribed you both an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety medication. He told you that by taking both pills, your symptoms should subside, but if you forget to take the antidepressant, the anxiety pill could cause your depression to become worse.

    With this in mind you are left wondering if it is all worth it. You’ve heard horror stories about antidepressants as well as anti-anxiety medicines—but taking them both together...is that a good idea?

    Which has the worst side effects, antidepressants, or anti-anxiety medicine?

    Anxiety Medications: Benefits and Risks

    There has been a long running debate over the efficacy and dangers of mental stability medications. Some believe that any type of drug that can influence your brain is too risky to take. Others who suffer from mental and mood disorders on a daily basis believe them to be a godsend. Unfortunately, both groups have compelling arguments.

    Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can have a profound positive effect on sufferers, helping them to control and stabilize their moods and allow them the ability to function in society. However, the flip side of the coin is that, as with most drugs, there can be negative side effects, especially when it comes to anxiety medications.

    Anti-anxiety medicines have the alarming potential of causing physiological and psychological dependence, more so than any other mood stabilizer—including antidepressants. For this reason alone, they could be considered “riskier” than antidepressants. Unfortunately, they have other potential side effects as well. These include:

    • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
    • Decreased sex drive
    • High potential for addiction
    • Lack of coordination
    • Hallucinations
    • Depression or suicidal thoughts
    • Unusual emotional dysfunction, including anger and violence
    • Memory loss
    • Difficulty thinking
    • Decreased IQ
    • Homicidal thoughts
    • Birth defects
    • Sudden death

    Weighing The Risks With The Benefits

    Although anti-anxiety medicines do pose risks, it is important to discuss with your doctor the important benefits they could have on your mental state. If you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or in many cases both, you shouldn’t be ashamed or scared to take the medications you need to get better. However, you should be cautious. Make sure you discuss both the benefits and the risks of the drugs your doctor or psychiatrist prescribes to you before taking them. You should also pay attention to any signs that your new medication may be causing adverse side effects once you begin.

    Remember, your well-being is the most important thing. If you have doubts, express them. If you feel that you need medication, talk to your doctor. If you feel that your medication is causing you additional harm, don’t be afraid to speak up. Your health and state of mind is essential in order to live a full life, so make sure you have all the facts before making your decision to take, or not to take, mood stabilizing medications. We believe that everyone has the right to be happy and healthy, so get the facts, pay attention, and hopefully you’ll start to feel better.

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  • Are my symptoms common in defective drug cases?

    Before a drug can come on the market it must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It must be proven that the drug is safe and has the therapeutic effect it’s supposed to have. Proof comes from testing the drug, first in animals and then in humans. Once the basic questions of safety and efficacy are settled, the FDA will approve the drug if it deems that its benefits outweigh its risks.

    Side Effects and Symptoms of a Defective Drug

    Unfortunately, not everything is always known about a drug’s side effects until after it enters circulation, when more people start using it. Although many drugs have minor side effects such as fatigue, nausea, constipation, and headaches, others have far worse and even fatal effects. These are the drugs that could seriously harm you and your loved ones. However, since the side effects aren’t known by the FDA—and hopefully unknown by the manufacturer—until someone develops the dangerous side effects and comes forward, the drug will continue to circulate without proper warnings. 

    Common side effects of defectively known and previously recalled drugs are as follows:

    • Loss of normal reactionary responses (such as unusual risk-taking behavior and no fear of danger)
    • Increased anxiety and fear
    • Hallucinations, fainting, and coma
    • Depression
    • Paralysis
    • Internal bleeding
    • Blood clots
    • Liver and kidney damage
    • Bone frailty
    • Shingles
    • Nerve pain lasting for several weeks or months
    • Excessive bleeding
    • Cancer
    • Stroke
    • Heart attack
    • Dementia

    Fighting Back

    If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms following the start of a new medication, or believe that a drug could be the cause of an injury, contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you learn your rights and explain your options for filing a claim. Don’t allow a neglectful manufacturer, a lazy pharmacist, or an inept physician to cost you your future. It’s our job to help you fight back, and we will fight tooth and nail to help you get the settlement you deserve.

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  • I require a hysterectomy and my physician suggested using a laparoscopic power morcellator, but I heard they are dangerous. What options do I have to protect myself from harm?

    You’ve heard a lot lately about the risks involved with certain hysterectomy devices. Due to your painful fibroids, and your physician’s recommendation, you’ve decided to have your uterus removed. However, although your doctor ensures you that the procedure will be quick, easy, and relatively painless, you’re still not 100 percent confident.

    You’ve discussed in detail the differences between invasive and non-invasive procedures, how he plans on extracting your uterus, and what tools he plans to use. Your doctor informed you that this type of procedure requires a device called a power morcellator, which basically breaks up your uterine tissue and sucks it through a small incision. Although it seems straight forward, what happens if something goes wrong?

    You know the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has their eye on these types of devices, so what can be done to ensure your safety?

    Risk Management Recommendations

    The FDA has recently published a report about the possible risk of power morcellators potentially spreading cancerous cells during hysterectomies. Their concern is that since there is currently no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the device could disperse cancerous tissue deeper into the patient’s abdomen and pelvis. Therefore, they highly recommend that these types of devices aren’t used in these types of procedures. They also recommend, for safety and risk awareness that:

    Health Care Providers

    • Are aware of the FDA’s concerns.
    • Refrain from using morcellation in women with suspected or known uterine cancer.
    • Carefully consider alternative treatment options for women with symptomatic uterine fibroids, instead of hysterectomies.
    • Thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of all treatments with patients.
    • Inform patients that their fibroids may potentially contain unexpected cancerous tissue and that laparoscopic power morcellation may spread the cancer, significantly worsening their prognosis.
    • Look into using specimen bags or other precautionary measures during morcellation in an attempt to contain the uterine tissue and minimize the risk of spread in the abdomen and pelvis.

    Patients (Before Surgery)

    • Discuss the risks of the procedure beforehand.
    • Ask your health care provider about all available options to treat your condition as well as their risks and benefits.
    • If power morcellation will be performed during your procedure, ask your physician to explain why he or she believes it is the best treatment option for you.

    Patients (After Surgery)

    • Verify that your physician will or has tested the removed tissue for the presence of cancer.
    • Schedule periodic appointments with your physician to ensure that nothing new has developed.
    • If you have persistent or recurrent symptoms or questions, don’t be afraid to inform your doctor.

    When the Unexpected Happens

    If your physician highly recommends a hysterectomy, and ensures you that using a power morcellator is the best option for you, you’ll most likely take his word for it. But what happens when something goes wrong? What do you do if the FDA’s concerns come true? You can contact an experienced lawyer. We can help you file a claim and may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve for your ordeal. Call now and see how we can help you.

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